PHIL MICKELSON had an incredible fortnight last year when he won the Scottish Open then British Open and he’s back to attempt the feat again.
The five-time major winner faces a very strong field in Scotland this week that includes 23 of the world top 60, including Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, fellow Americans Ricky Fowler and Jimmy Walker and Aussie recent US PGA Tour winner Matt Jones.
This will be the first time the European Tour has staged an event at the historic Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, one of the oldest clubs in the world.
Though winning this event is of course prestigious enough in itself, many are using the week to fine tune their games ahead of the British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, next week.
“I really believe coming here and playing the week before The Open, playing in a great links test like this, is a real asset, an asset for players from overseas to get acclimated to the time and really get acclimated to these conditions,” 44 year old Mickelson said.
“When you really appreciate and love it, like I’ve learned to, it’s exciting. It turns out to be some of our favourite weeks of the year.”
Other Aussies teeing up are Richard Green, Brett Rumford and Wade Ormsby.
Live coverage on Fox Sports beginning Thursday 7.30pm – 3.30am
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